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Archived Lottery News for February, 2003

Friday, February 28, 2003

Thursday, February 27, 2003

Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

  • 6:50 am – Don't forget to check back with us tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern Time for the live $12 million Big Game Mega Millions drawing results!
  • Lottery scam ensnaring victims in Reno.  A growing number of northern Nevadans are being targeted by a Canadian lottery scam, U.S. Customs Service officials said Monday.
  • New PA lottery director says program's deficit targeted.  Ed Mahlman, Gov. Ed Rendell's choice as executive director of the Pennsylvania Lottery, said his mission is staying focused on the reason the lottery exists — paying for senior citizen programs.

Monday, February 24, 2003

  • 7:05 am$42 Million Powerball Won By Two Tickets.  Powerball paid off big Saturday night for two winning tickets; one sold in Louisiana and one sold in Missouri.  The winners will split a $42 million jackpot.  Each ticket holder will have 60 days after the ticket is validated to decide if they want the $21 million 29-year annuity or the cash option worth $11.3 million.  Thirty-six players correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000.  The tickets were sold in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut (3), DC (4), Indiana (3), Iowa (2), Louisiana (2), Minnesota (2), Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania (5), Rhode Island (2), South Carolina (5), South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  Players purchased more than 15.5 million tickets between Thursday and Saturday night.
  • Sinking lottery revenue stymies state.  Washington Lottery officials have lowered their revenue projections for this fiscal year, largely because sales for Mega Millions, the state's newest game, have been far lower than expected.  More: Mega Millions bringing in less money than forecast.
  • Lottery gives $86.8M to public programs, projects.  The Arizona Lottery doled out $86.8 million last fiscal year to public programs and projects statewide, according to a detailed accounting of distributions to be shared today with the Arizona Lottery Commission.

Saturday, February 22, 2003

  • 7:00 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Friday Mega Millions drawing, but 3 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $175,000 prize: 1 in Massachusetts, 1 in New York, and 1 in Ohio.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

Friday, February 21, 2003

Thursday, February 20, 2003

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Monday, February 17, 2003

  • 7:25 amPowerball Jackpot Grows to $34 Million.  The biggest lottery jackpot in the nation is getting bigger.  There were no Powerball jackpot winners Saturday but 333,045 players across the nation won a total of more than $2.1 million in prizes in "America's Game."  Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's drawing the jackpot will grow to an estimated $34 million, with a cash option of $18.7 million.  Three lucky players from Arizona, Connecticut, and Kansas correctly matched the first 5 numbers and won $100,000.  Players purchased more than 14 million tickets between Thursday and Saturday night.
  • If you win lottery, take lump sum and invest.  A Q&A format that extols the virtues of taking a lump sum payment rather than the annuity.
  • Lottery jackpot winner couldn't afford to collect winnings.  A Romanian teenager who won the lottery jackpot couldn't collect his winnings for two weeks because he couldn't afford the train fare.
  • Wisconsin has new lottery game.  The Wisconsin Lottery is unveiling Badger 5 today, with a daily jackpot that will roll over every time it isn't won.
  • Former store clerk charged with stealing lottery tickets.  A store clerk accused of stealing lottery tickets and money from a convenience store in Bluff Siding, Wis., has been charged with felony theft.
  • Lowering lottery GPA could push cost over $200M.  Lowering eligibility standards for Tennessee lottery scholarships from a 3.0 grade point average to a 2.5 would cost the state $248 million to $272 million in the program's first year, a Tennessee Higher Education Commission official said.
  • Two lottery drawings just one number apart.  It will only happen once in 48,696 drawings, but it happened this week at the Oregon State Lottery.  On Monday, the winning lottery Megabucks ticket was 3-6-14-24-26-28. On Wednesday, it was 3-6-14-22-26-28.
  • House OKs 18-year-olds playing the lottery.  North Dakota's 18-year-olds should be allowed to play the lottery, the state House decided Thursday as lawmakers approved new rules for the anticipated beginning of the Powerball game.
  • Lottery question may face long odds at state Capitol.  To win support for a state lottery, Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry and other lottery supporters must persuade an apprehensive Legislature to call an election.
  • Don't fall victim to a sweepstakes scam.  Last year, phony sweepstakes cost unsuspecting victims more than $200 million.

Saturday, February 15, 2003

  • 7:20 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Friday Mega Millions drawing, but 6 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $175,000 prize: 2 in New Jersey, 1 in Maryland, 1 in New York, 1 in Virginia, and 1 in Washington.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

Friday, February 14, 2003

  • 7:15 am – Don't forget to check back with us tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern Time for the live $10 million Big Game Mega Millions drawing results!
  • Mega-Shy $128M Winner is Waiting.  New York's latest Mega-Millions winner has come forward to state lottery officials - but the winner's name will remain a secret until next week.
  • Possibility of conflict arises over scholarship eligibility standards.  Legislative lottery sponsors said Thursday they want to keep eligibility standards for Tennessee lottery scholarships as high as possible, setting up a potential conflict with the Black Legislative Caucus.  More: Dispute over GPA embroils Tenn. lottery.
  • Votes not yet counted on OK lottery bill.  Democratic leaders in the Oklahoma House do not know if they have enough votes to pass a lottery bill supported by Gov. Brad Henry, the House's second ranking Democrat said Thursday.
  • Could The Lottery Save Arkansas' Education System?.  How can Arkansas' public schools be funded equally, to give all kids a better education?  As state lawmakers look for a way, some people suggest an old idea, a state lottery, to find the answer.
  • Poll finds support for Nevada lottery.  Nevada residents overwhelmingly favor the creation of a lottery to generate revenue for the state, a recent poll shows, but potential players won't be able to pick numbers for at least 4 1/2 years.
  • VT House backs Powerball.  Vermont House members endorsed expanding the state lottery to include a multistate, big jackpot game Thursday.
  • Ohio couple hits $14M Lotto.  For Stephen and Susan Branch, it's the sweetest gift ever for Valentine's Day, as they won the $14 million prize in Wednesday night's Ohio Super Lotto Plus drawing.

Thursday, February 13, 2003

  • 6:40 amMega win mystery in B'klyn.  Brooklyn was buzzing yesterday with news that a winning $128 million Mega Millions ticket was bought at a Brighton Beach shop, but the winner was keeping a low profile.
  • Oregon Lottery executive who came under fire resigns.  Lee Moore, the Oregon Lottery deputy director who signed off on many expenses criticized by auditors, resigned Tuesday.  Moore had been on paid administrative leave since Jan. 7.
  • OK House Committee Passes Lottery Bill.  An Oklahoma lottery plan was approved by a legislative committee today after Governor Henry urged lawmakers to pass it.
  • Credit card lottery buys not option.  It will take cold, hard cash to buy a lottery ticket in a Tennessee retail outlet.
  • N.C. Lottery bill filed in House.  Voters would have their say on whether North Carolina should operate a lottery for education in a bill filed Wednesday in the state House.
  • Valley residents split over afternoon lottery drawings.  The Pennsylvania Lottery's new format of drawing two daily numbers a day debuted to mixed reviews Tuesday around the Mid-Mon Valley.
  • Lotto winner to share the wealth.  On Monday, Ernest W. Jervis, 74, of Vero Beach, claimed the $35 million prize from Saturday night's Florida Lotto drawing but he will not be the only one sharing in the wealth.
  • Hitting the jackpot.  Jack and Bev Kasdorf of Estelline are members of the "Watertown 34," the first Powerball jackpot winners in South Dakota's history.  Nine days ago, their lives got turned upside down.

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

  • 3:00 amOne $125 Million Jackpot Winner!  There was one $125 million jackpot winner from New York in the Tuesday Mega Millions drawing.  More details to follow after the winner comes forward to claim their prize.
  • Also, 23 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $175,000 prize: 1 in New Jersey, 1 in Georgia, 10 in Maryland, 2 in Michigan, 5 in New York, 2 in Ohio, 1 in Virginia, and 1 in Massachusetts.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Monday, February 10, 2003

Saturday, February 8, 2003

  • 6:45 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Friday Mega Millions drawing, making the new jackpot $125 million!  14 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $175,000 prize: 1 in New Jersey, 2 in Georgia, 1 in Illinois, 1 in Massachusetts, 1 in Michigan, 5 in New York, 2 in Ohio, and 1 in Virginia.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

Friday, February 7, 2003

  • 6:25 am – Don't forget to check back with us tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern Time for the live $105 million Big Game Mega Millions drawing results!
  • Deli Owner Trusted Man To Rack Up Huge Lottery Tab.  The owner of an Ohio convenience store said she trusted a man who ran up a $520,000 lottery tab to pay up, because he always had before.
  • Senior citizens to rally for fair share of lottery proceeds.  Senior citizens from across West Virginia will converge on the statehouse Tuesday to seek a fairer share of the lottery proceeds.
  • News of Lotto Texas Winner Spreads.  The phones are ringing off the hook and lots of people are coming in -- news that Wednesday's $5 million Lotto Texas jackpot winner bought their ticket at The Depot, a convenience store in Dalhart, travels quickly.
  • SC Education Lottery to host national lottery seminar.  The South Carolina Education Lottery will host the Public Gaming Research Institute's 2003 SMART-Tech national lottery seminar next week in Charleston.
  • Lottery chief defends agency to local civic club.  Ernie Passailaigue, executive director of the South Carolina Education Lottery, addressed the Emerald City Rotary Club Wednesday morning to address concerns about where lottery proceeds go.

Thursday, February 6, 2003

Wednesday, February 5, 2003

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  • 5:05 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Tuesday Mega Millions drawing, making the new jackpot $105 million!  19 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $175,000 prize: 2 in New Jersey, 3 in Georgia, 3 in Illinois, 1 in Massachusetts, 1 in Michigan, 8 in New York, and 1 in Virginia.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.
  • Fort Pierce Man Claims Fourth Share of $100 Million Florida Lotto Jackpot.  A Fort Pierce man on Tuesday became the fourth and final winner to claim his share of the estimated $100 million Florida Lotto jackpot from the Dec. 14, 2002 drawing.  The other winning tickets from that drawing - sold in Jacksonville, Marco Island and Bonifay (Holmes Co) - all have been claimed.
  • Lawmakers vow quick action on lottery.  Oklahoma's legislative leaders responded to Gov. Brad Henry's State of the State address Monday by pledging quick action on a proposal to call a statewide lottery election.
  • N.J. commission to study plan for video lottery terminals.  The former governor who brought casino gambling to New Jersey will head a commission formed to consider allowing video lottery terminals throughout the state.

Tuesday, February 4, 2003

Monday, February 3, 2003

Saturday, February 1, 2003

  • 5:25 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Friday drawing, but 15 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $175,000 prize: 2 in New Jersey, 2 in Illinois, 1 in Massachusetts, 7 in New York, 1 in Ohio, 1 in Virginia, and 1 in Washington.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

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